Classification scheme: 

Title: Jonas Snider family fonds

Dates of creation: 1830-1985

Physical description: 15 cm of textual records

Biographical sketch: Jonas Snider (1858-1944), the son of Elias and Hannah Bingeman Snider, was ordained as a Mennonite minister for the Erb Street Mennonite Church on June 24, 1892; and as a bishop on Nov. 17, 1895. He married Lucy Ann Snider (1857-1886) in 1879. They had four children.  In 1887 he married Susannah Horst (1862-1933); they had nine children. He retired in 1935. For more information see the obituary for Jonas Snider in Gospel Herald, 37 (Sept. 22, 1944), 503

Scope and content: The fonds consists of material removed from the 1876 Jonas Snider Bible (Cleveland, Ohio : Evangelishe Germeinschaft), and various other items donated by the family.

Custodial history: Files 1-4 were donated to the Mennonite Archives of Ontario by Merlyn Martin on April 29, 1999. Files 5-9 were donated to the Archives by Yvonne Nighswander in August, 2013. Fonds classification was changed in 2013 from Hist.Mss.2.55 to Hist.Mss.1.273.

Note: Original description created by Sam Steiner.

File list:

  1. Family register from Bible
  2. Genealogical listing showing Snider's ancestry back to Hannes Schneider, b. 1534.
  3. Wedding certificate for Jonas Snider and Susannah Horst (5 July 1887) signed by Elias Weber.
  4. Resolutions from semi-annual conference of the Mennonite Churches of Waterloo County, April 7-8, 1892, which includes resolution authorizing an ordination of a minister for the David Eby Church; A Statement of Christian Doctrine. - Scottdale, Pa.: Mennonite Publishing House, [19--].
  5. Account books, 1929-1985
    Note: Probably kept by Gilbert Snider (son of Jonas Snider). Includes sale of farm, 20 Feb 1965
  6. Constitution of the Mennonite Aid Union, 1933
    Note: Includes valuation for the property of Jonas Snider
  7. Perfect Voice Institute assignments completed by Clara Snider (daughter of Jonas Snider)
  8. Wedding, anniversary and funeral cards
  9. Deeds
    1830 - Frederick Musselman's purchase of part of Lot 12, Upper Block, Township of Waterloo.
    1859 - Elias Snider's purchase from the estate of Frederick Musselman of parts of Lots 7 and 12, Upper Block, Township of Waterloo. Includes hand-drawn surveyor's map.

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